Year 9 students need to be actively engaged in their learning. The Year 9 program at Balcombe Grammar School balances curriculum in traditional disciplines to enhance literacy and numeracy, with opportunities for holistic, connected learning designed to develop a range of 21C skills. It is an active, challenging curriculum that fosters and rewards student investment, energy and enterprise.
Typically, Year 9 students are undergoing dramatic physical and neurological changes that challenge schools to respond to their needs. The Year 9 Program at Balcombe Grammar School is specifically designed to foster student investment in their school life through a program of authentic learning experiences, based on a mastery model, while maintaining core time for core disciplines.
Each Year 9 student is supported by the curriculum, staff, parents and their peers to make an investment in their own learning. We know, that to be really engaged, students have to care about the outcomes of their learning and need to put some of themselves into their learning. Their opinions, their goals, their ability to seek feedback and their preparedness to have their ideas tested, all lead to greater investment in what they are doing. This invested approach, in turn, leads to greater opportunities for growth.
The Year 9 Program itself is built around a rotating cycle of six-week experiences, carefully designed to build student engagement through a personalised learning model. Students in the Year 9 Program are actively engaged, making choices and developing life-long, transferable skills.
Assessment in the Year 9 Program is based on a mastery or proficiency model, allowing students multiple attempts to demonstrate understanding and celebrating their achievement through production, performance or portfolio outcomes.
Critically, Year 9 at Balcombe Grammar School also prioritises core time for the continuing development of literacy and numeracy. English, Maths, Languages Other than English (French or Japanese), Global Studies and Physical Education are year-long disciplines that all students continue to undertake.